University of Rhode Island Hires Dean of Oceanography School

The University of Rhode Island (URI), a Council member, has appointed Paula Bontempi as the new Dean of the Graduate School of Oceanography.

Dr. Bontempi is a URI alum and is currently the deputy director of the Earth Science Division of NASA. She will succeed Dean Bruce Corliss when he retires late this summer. Dr. Bontempi has worked as a biological oceanographer for 25 years, and at NASA, she leads and manages a team of 75 scientists in the Earth Science Division. She works with organizations partnered with NASA, such as the National Academy of Sciences, to outline goals for the institutions.

“Dr. Bontempi’s vision and dedication to furthering ocean science and ecology, together with her research, public policy experience and her passion for mentoring the next generation of scientists will serve to enrich the experience of all faculty, staff and students at GSO,” said URI’s Donald DeHayes, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “We are thrilled to welcome another alum back to URI to serve as dean of this extraordinary institution.”

The New England Council congratulates Dr. Bontempi and wishes her much success in her new role at URI. Learn more in the Providence Journal.

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